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10,000 Redfish To Be Released In Areas Impacted By Red Tide

More than 10.000 juvenile and adults redfish will be released this month along the Gulf Coast in areas that were impacted by red tide.

TAMPA BAY, FL -- More than 10.000 juvenile and adults redfish will be released this month along the Gulf Coast in areas that were impacted by red tide, starting in Pasco County.

The Coastal Conservation Association Florida, Duke Energy and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will begin releasing the fish in Pasco County waters on Feb. 5. The fish raised at the Duke Energy Mariculture Center in Crystal River were donated by the power company.

Each of the five upcoming releases include approximately 1,000 to 1,500 juvenile fish and 25 to 30 adult redfish per county. Tentative release dates include:

Feb. 5 – Brashers Park in Pasco County at 11 a.m.

Feb. 7 – Cockroach Bay Ramp in Hillsborough County at 11 a.m. followed by Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas County at 3 p.m.

The red fish also will be released in Sarasota and Charlotte counties on Feb. 12 and in Lee and Collier counties on Feb. 19. The date of a release in Manatee County has not been announced.

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